Here are the slides from the keynote talk I gave at the IRF Symposium in Vienna last week. I’m very grateful to the IRF for inviting me; it was thoroughly productive and enjoyable event and I came away with some very encouraging feedback. In particular, it was interesting to learn more about the IRF’s work in the area of patent retrieval and to explore the extent to which the principles I outlined can be applied to this domain. I have to confess that patent retrieval is not an area to which I’d given much attention hitherto, but that will change: the domain involves some highly sophisticated, discovery-oriented tasks that make it a very rich environment for studying and modelling information-seeking behaviour, extending the scope of search far beyond the traditional boundaries of findability to embrace higher level analysis and sensemaking within a complex, collaborative work context.
I’ve included the slides below. I did provide an abstract for the talk, but like my presentation at the KMi of a couple of weeks ago it was somewhat generic and didn’t really do the slides justice. The focus of this particular talk was on extending the review of information search strategies (aka ‘Modes of Discovery‘) with a deeper exploration of their implications for design at the application (architectural) level.
As usual, some of the builds don’t come out quite right on Slideshare, but I can always make the ppt available if people want to see the original.